Nigerian President elected ECOWAS chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected the chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
His election was announced at the end of the 53rd Ordinary Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State which ended on Monday evening in Togo’s capital Lome.
He takes over the yearly rotational role from Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe.
In his acceptance remarks, the Nigerian leader, who commended his colleagues for his election, noted that he did not offer himself for the post, “but you refused to take my no for an answer.”
He, however, told his fellow leaders that, “I am truly humbled and pledge to serve and work with all of you to deliver on peace, security, good governance and socio-economic development” of the sub-region, and “take our organisation to greater heights.”
President Buhari also commended his immediate predecessor and President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, for successfully hosting two important meetings of the Joint Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and ECOWAS as well as the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.
The new chairman had earlier been presented with the emblem of ECOWAS by the outgoing chairman, while the next meeting of the organisation will take place in Abuja on December 21, 2018.